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Linguistic criticism

Linguistic criticism

Fowler, Roger

This book introduces the reader to the benefits of applying analytical methods to the criticism of texts, concentrating on structures which relate literature to ordinary language

Paperback, Book. English.
2nd ed.
Published Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996
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Statement of responsibility: Roger Fowler
ISBN: 0192892614, 9780192892614
Note: Previous ed.: 1986.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: vi, 262p. ; 20 cm.
Series: Opus
Subject: Linguistics.; Critical Theory; Linguistics; Criticism.; Discourse analysis, Literary.

Author note

Roger Fowler is Professor English and Linguistics at the University of East Anglia. He has written many books on language and literature, including Literature as Social Discourse (1981), Language in the News: Discourse and Ideology in the Press (1991) and he is the editor of the Dictionary of Modern Critical Terms (Routledge, 1990).


A fruitful, well-established development in literary studies has been the application of ideas drawn from linguistics. Precise analytical methods help the practical criticism of texts, while at the same time the theory of language has illuminated literary theory.

Linguistic Criticism is an introduction to the subject by one of its most experienced practitioners. Roger Fowler sets out clearly and simply a variety of analytical techniques whose application he demonstrates in discussion of a wide range of texts drawn from fiction, poetry, and drama. He concentrates on structures which relate literature to ordinary language, stressing the importance of the reader's every day language skills.

This second edition gives clarified and expanded sections dealing with the role of the reader in literary criticism, and includes more twentieth-century texts and examples for analysis and discussion.